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Old 06-13-2017, 10:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I'm looking for Opinions. Is a jet 1236 a good lathe? I found a used one in good condition.
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I have one and have made a lot of pens with it.

It has a #2 MT headstock and tailstock, and 1"x8 TPI spindle, so it's easy to find chucks, mandrels and other accessories for it. Both the headstock and tailstock will allow things to go all the way through, so you can set it up with drawbars or vacuum systems.

It has a Reeves drive and it sometimes needs to get mostly taken apart and cleaned. The pulleys are cast aluminum and will shatter if mishandled. If the lathe changes speed smoothly and the headstock and tailstock are aligned, it'll work. It does not run in reverse, so keep that in mind if you want to turn other things.

Also, it's slowest speed is 550 RPM which is too fast for large out of round things. The green/blue colored ones are the older ones, and they changed the color to white a few years after I bought mine.

Mine is set up right now with a Beall buffing system in it.

Hope this helps.
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I'm looking for Opinions. Is a jet 1236 a good lathe? I found a used one in good condition.


I have a Jet 1221VS and love it. I would certainly buy another. I have 5 lathes and the Jet is my favorite.


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Look very closely at the reeves drive. If it has been maintained well it will look pretty clean and the sheeves should move easily when running. The drive is the weak spot and parts are reported to be coming hard to find.

If in doubt pass on a price much higher than free.
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